Youth Media Reporter (YMR) is the professional multi-media journal that serves practitioners, educators and scholars in the youth media field. YMR’s purpose is to build the field by documenting, from multiple perspectives, insights and leading lessons in engaging young people in media making practices across a diverse range of forms, modes, and genres. YMR explores the multiple ways that young people and adult allies create and use media to participate in and shape communities where they live and learn. YMR engages a variety of stakeholders to identify issues, pedagogies, opportunities and challenges of importance to the youth media field.
In an aim to serve the field, YMR provides professional development for each contributor as they document and investigate their work, and those of their peers, through a rigorous editorial review process. YMR serves as a model to increase and share knowledge production, building an engaged and inclusive community of learners. YMR embraces current shifts in academic publishing that aim to democratize and make it more open, changes that align well with the goals and principles of youth media.
Since its start in 2005, YMR has always sought a readership that includes professionals, leaders, practitioners, and scholars. The journal intentionally aims to disrupt the “researcher / practitioner” divide and is especially interested in articles from authors whose work expands our understandings of the shifting roles, identities, and relationships that emerge in the spaces of youth media. YMR is a forum to share information, reflect on work in the field, develop practice, explore new approaches and pedagogy, and recognize and value youth led social change. Recognizing that many youth media practitioners come from a variety of fields, YMR seeks to include multiple perspectives, topics, and approaches.